Gov. Cuomo Asks Westchester For Patience

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging Westchester residents to remain patient as the state begins a return to normalcy after Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging Westchester residents to remain patient as the state begins a return to normalcy.

Though power outages around the state have dropped from 2.1 million to 730,000 in the days after Hurricane Sandy swept through the region, Cuomo said at a press conference Sunday morning, he knows these numbers mean nothing if power is not on at home.

Fuel shortages have added insult to injury for many area residents, who are facing long lines and gas limits at the pump. While more fuel tankers and barges are coming into the New York Harbor in the coming days, Cuomo said panic among consumers has only served to further the state’s continuing issues with fuel delivery and distribution.

“We do believe it’s a short-term problem – a number of days we anticipate this to continue. [We’re] not 100 percent sure when the system will be up and running where you won’t feel any effect whatsoever,” said Cuomo. “Patience is required … now is not the time to be using the car if you don’t need to, now is not the time to be hoarding fuel.”

Though 80 percent of subway service has been restored to New York City, Cuomo said service will not be entirely normal for mass transit commuters come Monday. He recommends visiting the MTA's website for subway service changes.   

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said service would be hampered in the near future, but added, “I plan to take the subways tomorrow.”

Cuomo, Bloomberg, and Sen. Chuck Schumer spoke to the spirit of New Yorkers coming together, once again, in a time of crisis.

“People have cried in my arms … you get on the ground and you see the depth of it, how people’s lives have been ripped apart by this force of nature,” Schumer said at the conference. “The best resource we have to fight this is by being New Yorkers.”

Cuomo said he plans to join County Executive Robert Astorino in Westchester Sunday.

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janjohnsen:

still no power - all he had to say was "I feel really bad for you...' not 'now is not the time....'

angel125:

Why dont you invite gov.Cuomo to come and spend the night in your power free home and dialog with you about patience .? Just sayin'

dphighland:

Schools are open today in Ossining but my kids wont be attending because we have had no electicity for a week,our house is freezing cold and I had to send them to their grandmother in Manhatten. We have a gas station next to our house that gets gas periodicaly and when the line forms I can't get drive off my street because those in line won't let me through. I better not see any elected officials at the train station in Scarborough cause if I do I'm going to give them a piece of my mind!

cama:

The arrogance of con Ed and our elected officials is unacceptable. Our governor is all about accountability. Somebody needs make con Ed accountable to it's clients. I Spend hours on the phone with them today and got nothing but happy talk and run around. I want information and accountabity. I pay them!!!! Unfortunately:(

RB 821:

We have same problem in rye brook. I am sure many of us will join in a class action lawsuit. We were told that we are not populated enough to be restored in a timely fashion. I just accosted a con ed foreman and begged him to come take a look at our down wires. he did and told us this is why we have been ignored all this time. How do we start such a lawsuit?

EastchesterGuy:

Another day... still no Con Ed workers in Eastchester...
Where are our elected officials... ? they want our vote this tuesday but now= Nothing....Our family will remember this on tuesday...
Con Ed must be called into account of this massive failure...
Hope Con Ed executives enjoy Sunday football in their warm homes...
Sad...Sad..

Rweale:

Come on Gov........going on 8 days without power? Get on NYSEG's back NOW !!!!!!

Fred Robert Paul:

From the Town of Bedford Newsletter:

"Although the National Guard is here to work with our DPW crews, NYSEG has only dedicated 1 crew to our municipality. We know there are many more crews here but they are not communicating with the Town."

NYSEG is not a public service company Governor Cuomo. Time for a change! Patience out the window.

EastchesterGuy:

Sad... How about all of our elected officials, regardless of party,
DEMAND a face to face meet with Con Ed senior management and
ask for specific information as to numbers of work crews assigned
to each community here in Westchester County. Our elected officials need to hold Con Ed's feet to the fire and get actual information and numbers.
The time for patience is over Gov..... Our homes are freezing...
our children and seniors are becoming sick. It is great when your
residence has power and is warm to say "patience is required" Shame!
What is needed is a Billion Dollar + lawsuit filed against Con Ed.

ab_lewisb:

Very well said. And unfortunately same goes for NYSEG...

melissaweintraub.krochek:

“Patience is required … now is not the time to be using the car if you don’t need to, now is not the time to be hoarding fuel.” Is he for real? Does he think we should sit home in a 50 degree house? People will stop needing gas when the heat and lights are on! Why should we be patient when others are not waiting this long?